Our bespoke Scarab corset for lovely client Crystal is almost complete. So I thought I would share a couple of images.
This delicious corset is made from our favourite silk duchess in two tones, with hand-painted lace layered up for luscious effect. Electra beetle wings are scattered amongst the lace, some cut and some in their natural shape. Our client gave us lots of colour inspiration for this piece, many lagoon blues and greens... But behind that we also have a deeper inspiration, that of rebirth, self-creation, and daily new beginnings. Hence the scarab reference point which led us to focus on a symmetrical design.
Crystal joined the growing number of clients who also suggested that we photograph their piece before sending it to them, in a modelled shoot. Luckily, my friend Hannah was once again available and we played around creating some dark images. Though ideas of re-birth and new beginnings may make you at first think of sunshine and smiles, I was rather drawn to the idea of representing the Scarab corset as though it were a self-created goddess in its own right. I've been playing with a 9/16 format as the length gives the images a sort of iconographic feel. Likewise the artificial symmetry in this edit is kind of disconcerting, which I like. I wanted to toy with the possibility of power through self-creation. And playfulness too, naturally, since surely the joy of a new day is that you may make new decisions and try out new possibilities.
We've a few more blossoms to sew into place.
And we've begun scattering a few beads cut from goldwork. The Scarab is going to be a beautiful and strong piece of couture corsetry.